• School 28 follows the four hallmarks for advanced literacy:    

    Hallmark 1: Work with engaging texts that feature big ideas and engaging content

    Hallmark 2: Talk/discuss to build both conversational and academic language and knowledge      

    Hallmark 3: Write to build language and knowledge

    Hallmark 4: Study a small set of high utility vocabulary words and academic language structures to build breadth and depth of knowledge


    The goal of a balanced literacy program is to include the strongest elements of writing and reading. The components of a 'balanced literacy' approach are as follows: Read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, reading workshop, writing workshop, and word study.